One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Take your Arduino skills too the next level!

    You'll make a lamp that glows, flickers, or pulses, looking interesting, a concrete example of what you can make.

    You'll also learn, and do, some things not covered in the Intro to Arduino class.

    You'll learn how to control a strip of LED's to make them change color and brightness, and move in patterns.

    You'll learn how to install additional libraries of software, so you will be able to make use of a lot of great software others have written and contributed.

    You'll learn how to let Arduinos control devices that need more power than an Arduino can provide directly.

    You'll learn some fabrication techniques that you can use in other projects.

    With the Decatur Lantern Parade coming up (10 May), now is a great time to gain these skills, to make a fascinting lantern to show off.

    Some prior Arduino (or other) programming experience would be helpful, but is not required to take this class. You'll go home with your very own glowing cloud to hang on the wall!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    PRICE:- $60 for non-members of Freeside- $30 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.)

    Price includes: An Arduino Uno clone, an LED strip, and materials needed to build your cloud. You will get to take these home with you!

    - A laptop computer with WiFi
    - An installed copy of the Arduino IDE (it's free) - here's where to get it:
    - An installed driver for the CH340 serial chip - here is a discussion about how to do this:

    PLEASE have the IDE and the driver installed BEFORE the Meetup.

    Building on the basics of using an Arduino, this class will move forward, anddiscuss:- how to use libraries of code, benefitting from the work of others- how to work with the LED strips that will illuminate your cloud- how addressable RGB LED's work, and how the library we will use controls them- circuit design to allow an Arduino to control something it is not actually powering.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 60.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    If fabrication is something you're interested in, but you aren't quite sure where to start on your own, this class will go over more advanced (as compared to our Stop Motion 101 class) puppet building for either animation or cosplay projects.

    If you have a design in mind, please bring a detailed turn around reference image/drawing. A turn around includes the front, side and back of your puppet design. If you want your puppet to be 6 inches tall, the drawings should also be 6 inches, to be to scale.

    Bring these supplies:

    Aluminum wire (thickness and length depends on your puppet's needs)
    Mattress foam (you can get small cushions from Joann's)
    Acrylic craft paint (Michaels has small Folk art colors for $1)
    fingernail scissors (for fine detail sculpting)
    Contact cement (similar to but stronger than rubber cement)
    Liquid Latex Mold Builder (found at Michaels or Blick)
    Plumbers epoxy (Home Depot or Lowes)

    Can't wait to see you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Thursday, June 27 at 5:00 PM


    Price: 30.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Want make a nice looking website and host it for free?

    This meetup will walk through a way to create and manage a simple but nice-looking website, available for everyone on the internet to look at...
    For free.
    - No coding
    - High-quality content management system used by millions, so lots of support
    - Free hosting for a small or medium site

    This Meetup will show how to use your laptop, a free copy of WordPress, a free plug-in for WordPress, and a free service provided by Using these, you will be able to use WordPress to manage your content, whether posts, pages, or images, then make a static copy visible to the rest of the planet.

    This strategy is useful for sites that do not need automated collection or calculation of content. This strategy is very useful for simple sites like online brochures for a business or club, and for informational sites, perhaps for hobbies.

    This first session will be a test run for later sessions. The price is very low, since the content is new and I do not know what questions participants might have. Participants will be expected to provide substantial feedback on the content and presentation.

    For this iteration, attendance will be limited to three attendees, and will address installation on Windows 10 laptops.

    A later iteration will address installation on Linux.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Friday, June 28 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 20.00 USD